Hello my dears!
One of my goals for 2018 is to learn how to write better book reviews. Books are one of my great joys in life. I have always loved reading.
In 2017 I read a total of 74 books. And in 2018 I hope to read that many or more! As a part of that, I want to write reviews of my favorite books for the blog.
Sewing Happiness by Sanae Ishida is much, much more than just a sewing book. It is a gorgeous story of how creating with one's hands can be life changing.
The book starts off with detailing the circumstances that led Sanae to become re-interested in sewing. She was sick, overworked, and had lost her job. She gradually turned her life around with lots of sleep, healthier eating, and more physical activity (not just standard exercise!). It was during this time that she found her old sewing machine again.
It wouldn't be an overstatement to say that I love this book. Sanae's writing style is approachable and friendly. It's like sitting down with a creative mentor and gleaning wisdom and advice from them. Not something that I would normally say about a sewing book!!
The different projects are separated into four sections: Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring. The photography is phenomenal! The color schemes and layouts are absolutely gorgeous. It makes me want to seriously up my photography game!
I have included a couple pictures of my favorites, but there are a total of 19 projects. And that doesn't include the variations! There are household items, decor, baby and children's clothes, and even a women's dress. A bit of something for everyone.
The first half of the book includes the introduction, essays, and lookbook whereas the second half is dedicated to instructions. There are no patterns included. A couple of projects have the necessary templates, but most of the projects only have drafting or cutting out instructions. While this might be intimidating to beginning sewists, it really isn't that difficult! The diagrams and illustrations are quite clear and when combined with the written instructions it is easy enough to understand.
I also appreciate the usefulness of some of the projects. It appeals to my practical side to have simple household objects like an apron and heating pads alongside the tooth pillows and dresses.
The fact that this sewing book isn't just a parade of projects and instructions is refreshing. It is wonderful to know more about the person behind the page and to catch a glimpse of their creative journey.
Sanae blogs over at sanaeishida.com. I really like her watercolor painting style! I'm a teeny bit jealous of her talent. . . But it's my own fault if I am not as competent at watercolor painting as I want to be. Anyway, be sure to check out her site for more lovely inspiration!